By Cole Weinstein
After the crushing loss to South Pasadena in their first league game, the Spartans looked lost. They were in the midst of a three game losing streak; another loss, and a playoff berth looked to be impossible. But the homecoming game against Temple City gave the Spartans a new life.
“We were a lot more motivated because the past three games haven't gone too well for us, so there was a lot of pent up frustration,” said captain and offensive tackle Charlie Weiss. “We decided to come out here and take it all out on Temple City. Come out, get that win, and get our season back on track. We lose our homecoming game, we lose all of our respect and that's what we strive for every day, earning the respect of the school and everyone around us.”
Respect was what the Spartans commanded as they dominated the Rams for a much needed 23-6 homecoming victory.
Charlie and the rest of the offensive line played extremely well, contributing to a total of 172 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. While Ryan Breneman’s 69 yards and 2 touchdowns were spectacular as usual, the game served as a coming out party for Christopher “Chimpo” Han who went from being a situational player to running for 47 yards and a 12-yard touchdown at the fullback position.
“Chris stepped up tonight and had a big game running the ball,” said Coach Zerbel, who was very proud of his team's tough play. “A lot of guys just stepped up and defensively we played outstanding. We created some turnovers. Obviously, the turning point in the game was David Yoon tipping the ball and Luke Johnson intercepting it.”
Andrew Sarceda echoed this point.
“I think we just did our job, we played aggressive football like we are used to,” Andrew said. His interception in the first quarter gave the Spartans enough momentum to score the first points of the game.
When asked what the team needs to do to win the next three league games, he replied, “We need to cause turnovers like we did last year, and offensively we need to move the ball, and I think we can do it. Our coaches are putting us in good positions, and I think we will be alright!”
With a big win in league, the playoff picture is still wide open, and Coach Zerbel still has the same philosophy he had on week one.
“We are taking this one game at a time and right now are 1-1 in league. Our goal is to go 2-1 in league and we will take it from there. One game at a time, one play at a time, and that's what we have been preaching all week.”
With this win, the playoff hunt is still alive for the Spartans, and the next three games mean more than ever. But, as long as they play like they did against the Rams, they should be alright.
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